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Poster: sakanaband Date: Oct 25, 2012 1:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 'Hidden Gems', 'Sleepers', 'Unknown jewels'

I've been scouring IA GD shows for nearly three years in search of nothing but bliss-inducing delights that had been previously unknown to me during my tape-trading days of old. I had collected probably 1500-2000 hours of GD between 1985 and 1995 on cassette and DAT. There were shows that were widely traded and became famous and then there were ones that were, um, lesser known.

It is these latter that I sought these last few years. First, I went looking for the greatest GD audience recordings on IA. I came to know the names of unsung heroes and love them from afar for their remarkable and passionate work (i.e. Rob Bertando, Joanie Walker, Steve Silberman, “DaWeez”, Steve Rolfe, Rob Eaton, and many others. And of course good ‘ole Charlie Miller doing his remastering wizardry).

Then I narrowed down shows that were exceptionally hot and with “X-factor” galore and that contained basically transcendent full-band performances. Extra points were given to Garcia or Lesh being just, well, god-like.

Next were the wonderful matrix projects that have clearly brought the best of both worlds together into sometimes orgiastic and fetishistic glory. These names became familiar to me as well (Hunter Seamons, Dusborne, Dan Haugh, Kevin Tobin, Hansokolow, Chris Chappell, and many others. Again CM came up often in the work of these, his fellow wizards).

I have a clear preference for gorgeous audience recordings and the aforementioned matrices. Most soundboards sound sterile to me, but there are some terrific exceptions. I had the blessed fortune of seeing GD live 86 times between 1985 and 1995. I moved to northern CA in 1990 just to be closer to The Magic. In the end, I rarely went to see the Grateful Dead and instead made a wonderful habit of seeing JGB at The Warfield instead. There are too many reasons to list here why that became my pattern. Being physically close to Jerry (on the stage rail or the first row of floor-tables rail at The Warfield) for 15 – 20 nights a year between 1992 and 1995, I watched him with equal measures of wonder and fear. This was, by literal definition, awesome. While not surprised, I was shocked when he passed.

It has been with wild and enthusiastic pleasure that I have listened to so very many more hours of his guitar playing and singing these last few years. What a sincere joy. The universe and Lord God Almighty certainly expressed a lot through Jerry and damn, he was as cool as vessel for psychedelic expression as could have ever been imagined.

I have written some reviews here and there but I really just recently began thinking to share some of the treasures that I have found in one or two posts to the people that might appreciate it most. The other half is that I would L-O-V-E to get feedback on shows that y’all have found that I no doubt have missed but NEED to be heard. Since I am also a JGB fanatic, please feel free to email me ‘back-channel’ about shows you think I should absolutely not miss. I have a list brewing there from my personal experience and from perusing on sugarmegs.

This list is NOT at all complete and I will post a date or two from every year in the 80’s and the 60’s sometime shortly. May we all discover and –rediscover our joy in the greatest live band the world will ever know. Here’s a start, remembering that these were, to me at least, not at all well-known “back in the day.” Enjoy!


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Poster: Deadhead225 Date: Oct 25, 2012 2:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Hidden Gems', 'Sleepers', 'Unknown jewels'

Folks will cringe - but 6/30/86 is a sleeper with a nice Aud. as your only real choice. With over 100k downloads maybe it is not a sleeper, but I don't know anyone else who is willing to promote the show. I was there and also had a killer tape shortly thereafter that is probably the same Oade source. Don't scoff until you listen to set II. A top 5 drums/space.

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Poster: and improved! Date: Oct 25, 2012 3:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Hidden Gems', 'Sleepers', 'Unknown jewels'

great show ....i was there as well !!!

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Oct 26, 2012 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Hidden Gems', 'Sleepers', 'Unknown jewels'


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Poster: stratocaster Date: Oct 25, 2012 4:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Hidden Gems', 'Sleepers', 'Unknown jewels'

definitely an interesting list of shows

to keep to JGB , there are a few shows that I have found to be particularly special cant miss shows

09-16-1989 Poplar Creek with the late Clarence Clemons, Garcia is totally on top of his game fall of knockin'? maybe. awesome Think everything is gold

a Garcia resurgence happened in fall 93, with a fair amount of transcendent moments in both Dead shows and JGB

11-05-1993 such a good show, Reuban & Cherise and the Maker are top notch, hot Deal
11-12-1993 with Daivid Murray on sax, simply ridiculous Don't Let Go hot show

other shows

10-31-1986 the real "he's back" show after the coma...worth checking out for posterity, a nice performance actually
10-31-1992 a very tight, well received Halloween show
11-25-1983 smoking Deal
08-25-1991 Eel River one of the best sounding sources out there, good show to boot
02-03-1991 great Garcia acoustic show with Grisman, phenomenal quality
01-27-1986 Garcia at the Ritz, working his fat magic on acoustic, no Kahn if I remember , strictly solo, interesting..

I think we all know about March 1978. if not the 18th and the 22nd are the best of the lot

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Poster: GerryO Date: Mar 22, 2013 12:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Hidden Gems', 'Sleepers', 'Unknown jewels'


Please consider adding my "new" show to your already very wonderful list.